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And She's Back!


#1

About two months ago someone wanted a few nucs. So I grabbed a few frames of brood, one of pollen, one of honey, and the queen, placed them in a nuc box. I let them settle for a few days. Went in marked the queen and just as my hand hit the top bars of the frames to release the queen, she flew off. I was so shocked, I didn’t see exactly where she went. I searched the tall grass around the apiary for an hour. I even checked the other 6 hives near by. Nothing. Gone.
I figured that’s life and they’ll raise a new queen. I go through those hives last week to check for eggs and there she is, back in her original hive. I know it’s her because I don’t usually mark my queens. It was a buyer request.
I love beekeeping, it’s hot and sticky but there is always something to learn.


#2

If you ever lose a queen like that the best thing to do is to stand there for half hour or so with the hive. She uses you as a landmark and is almost always back when you next go in. It happens quite often


#3

Good to know. Thanks.
I thought she didn’t approve of the nuc box. She flew from the nuc back to her original hive.


#4

Well she has flown to and from her old box before hasn’t she? :smiley: